Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Leicester
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Leicester restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 38 restaurants in Leicester and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Leicester restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Leicester Restaurants
1. Bobby’s Indian restaurant in Leicester 154-156 Belgrave Rd - LE4
You “always can depend on excellent vegetarian food” (of a Gujarati bent) at this affordable sweet shop and canteen: a fixture on the Golden Mile since way back in 1976 – though it’s somewhat spruced-up these days, and the menu has taken into account modern healthy-eating trends (sadly the founder, Bhagwanji Lakhani, passed away in 2017).
2. Kayal Indian restaurant in Leicester 153 Granby St - LE1
“Authentic South Asian cooking at its best” – Kayal has blazed a trail for Keralan cuisine in Leicester “with an excellent choice of dosas, fish and vegetarian dishes and a knowledgeable waiter to talk you through the options”. Top Tip: “amazing business lunch for £6”.
3. Black Iron British, Modern restaurant in Leicester Winstanley House, Hinckley Road - LE3
Restaurant, steak house and bar, "celebrating the very best of British" in an imposing Georgian grade II listed hotel set in parkland; weekend brunch and afternoon tea (not Sunday) a feature.
4. The Fish & The Chip British, Modern restaurant in Leicester 13-21 St Nicholas Place - LE1
2018 Review: It’s all change at this swish boutique hotel – a bit of a pioneer when it opened a decade back – with former owner Aatin Anadkat opting to focus solely on the ground-floor restaurant; in August 2017, replacing the fine dining spot of old, he launched this new, more populist Union Jack-strewn concept venue, serving comfort food classics (sausage ’n’ chips, surf ’n’ turf burgers etc.) and, as of yore, superior cocktails.
6. Tandem Indian restaurant in Leicester 59-59a Highcross Street - LE1
Cyrus Todiwala OBE, the acclaimed Bombay-born TV-chef behind London’s Café Spice Namaste, has chosen a Grade II listed building in the city-centre for his first restaurant outside London; and will feature five separate areas over two floors, including a bar, casual dining and fine dining room. For the town with the biggest Diwali festival outside India, Leicester has always curiously lacked a go-to Indian dining destination – maybe this is it?
7. Mowgli Indian restaurant in Leicester 10-12 Saint Martins - LE1
Mowgli - which has restaurants across the country, in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford and Sheffield - has launched its latest branch in St Martin's Square in Leicester.
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